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Lots Of People Think Tony Hart Has Died Again

Twitter was ablaze this morning with news that the much-loved children's TV presenter has died. It was true but not really news: He died in 2009.

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Last night, Twitter and Facebook were awash with sadness because Tony Hart, a much-loved children's TV presenter, had died.

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He presented the BBC show Hartbeat from 1984 to 1993, which had what was, in retrospect, a very funky synthpop theme tune.

This person tweeted the bad news after seeing someone post it on Facebook.

#rip Tony Hart, a tv legend of my childhood.

Craig@GagesbFollow

#rip Tony Hart, a tv legend of my childhood.

9:12 PM - 15 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

When someone pointed out Hart died six years ago, like many, many others, he admitted he didn't check the date.

@Troodles80 yeah so I found out. Somebody posted it on FB and I never checked the date.

Craig@GagesbFollow

@Troodles80 yeah so I found out. Somebody posted it on FB and I never checked the date.

9:31 PM - 15 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

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This was one of several people who reminisced about sending Hart a drawing.

RIP Tony Hart - a real childhood hero even if my painting never got on TV

Kara@ChelseaMammaFollow

RIP Tony Hart - a real childhood hero even if my painting never got on TV

9:38 PM - 15 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

Even Americans were moved.

Awww. RIP Tony Hart. Even as a transplanted Yank, I know who he was and that he entertained and educated you lot.

Ashley Slater@ashleyslater247Follow

Awww. RIP Tony Hart. Even as a transplanted Yank, I know who he was and that he entertained and educated you lot.

9:30 PM - 15 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

For a time, it was the thing people were tweeting about.

People are currently posting six tweets per minute about their sadness over Tony Hart's death. He died in 2009.

Stuart Heritage@stuheritageFollow

People are currently posting six tweets per minute about their sadness over Tony Hart's death. He died in 2009.

9:53 PM - 15 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

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The people who attended his funeral must have been slightly confused.

@jamesrbuk @jessbrammar @jimwaterson Wow. That's really bizarre. He died in Jan 2009 - I went to his funeral...

Kate AG@RadioKateFollow

@jamesrbuk @jessbrammar @jimwaterson Wow. That's really bizarre. He died in Jan 2009 - I went to his funeral...

9:21 AM - 16 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

Hart's Plasticine sidekick, Morph, was moved to tweet that Hart was in fact already dead.

Over the past 24 hrs, many people on Twitter have reported that Tony Hart has recently died. Tony sadly died in 2009.

Morph@AmazingMorphFollow

Over the past 24 hrs, many people on Twitter have reported that Tony Hart has recently died. Tony sadly died in 2009.

8:11 AM - 16 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

Someone mocked up this headstone for Hart, commemorating both his real death and his 2015 fake Twitter death.

RIP Tony Hart, who sadly passed away again this weekend. #tonyhart #morph

The Grump Crusader ツ@grumpcrusaderFollow

RIP Tony Hart, who sadly passed away again this weekend. #tonyhart #morph

8:52 AM - 16 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

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And now lots of people feel a bit silly.

So it turns out I'm the dickhead. Tony Hart died in 2009. Fuck the internet. Ha.

Frank Turner@frankturnerFollow

So it turns out I'm the dickhead. Tony Hart died in 2009. Fuck the internet. Ha.

8:16 AM - 16 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

Even if he died six years ago.

Tony Hart meant so much to so many people that they forgot he already died. People be tits!

Laura Sparling@LauraSparlingFollow

Tony Hart meant so much to so many people that they forgot he already died. People be tits!

9:05 AM - 16 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

Patrick Smith is a senior reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

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